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Saint Petersburg International Film Festival (Russian: Са́нкт-Петербу́ргский междунаро́дный кинофестива́ль, translit. Sánkt-Peterbúrgskiy mezhdunaródniy kinofestivál; abbreviated as SPIFF) will take place as part of the Saint Petersburg international film forum. This is Saint Petersburg’s first competitive international festival for feature-length fiction films.

Contents

The Organisers

Festival Director – Maria Averbakh
Festival Artistic Director – Kirsi Tykkyläinen
Head of Selection Committee – Alexey Dunaevskiy

2013 boycott

On 22 August 2013 media reported that Wentworth Miller will boycott the festival—to protest against laws banning "homosexual propaganda" in Russia.

Awards

The SPIFF offers 5 awards:

  • Best film
  • Best director
  • Best actor
  • Best actress
  • Audience Prize
  • Competition Programme

    There were 14 films from different countries selected for the 2012 competition programme:

  • White Elephant / Elefante blanco, 2012, dir. Pablo Trapero, Argentina-Spain
  • Our Children / À perdre la raison, 2012, dir. Joachim Lafosse, Belgium-France
  • Children of Sarajevo / Djeca, 2012, dir. Aida Begić, Bosnia and Herzegovina-Germany
  • Invasion, 2012, dir. Dito Tsintsadze, Germany-Austria
  • Off White Lies / Orhim le-rega, 2011, dir. Maya Kenig, Israel-France
  • Hotchpotch / Shir tou Shir, 2011, dir. Ebrahim Forouzesh, Iran
  • War Witch / Rebelle, 2012, dir. Kim Nguyen, Canada
  • La playa DC, 2012, dir. Juan Andrés, Colombia
  • Kolka Cool, 2011, dir. Juris Poškus, Latvia
  • The End / Al Nihaya, 2011, dir. Hisham Lasri, Morocco
  • I Also Want It / Ya tozhe hochu, 2012, dir. Alexei Balabanov, Russia
  • Inside / Yeraltı, 2012, dir. Zeki Demirkubuz, Turkey
  • Captive, 2012, dir. Brillante Mendoza, Finland-France-Germany-Great Britain
  • Road North / Tie Pohjoiseen, 2012, dir. Mika Kaurismäki, Finland
  • The opening and closing films

    The festival’s opening film
    Le grand soir, 2012, dir. Benoît Delépine, Gustave Kervern, France-Belgium
    The festival’s closing film
    Shadow Dancer, 2012, dir. James Marsh, Great Britain-Ireland

    Out-of-competition programmes

    The out-of-competition programmes showed films which displayed the most recent trends in world cinema as well as several retrospectives. 2012’s festival had 11 out-of-competition programmes:

  • Shooting Stars EFP
  • Bergman-Andersson-Donner (for the 30th anniversary of the release of I. Bergman’s film Fanny and Alexander)
  • Movies with a taste of Honey
  • Movies of India without songs and dances
  • The Unknown Lenfilm
  • Films from East Asia
  • Films from Nordic Countries
  • Landmarks of Berlinale’s Forum (the best films from the International forum of young cinema
  • Screenings in Honour of Filmmakers (Emir Kusturica, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Aku Louhimies, Mihael Kalatozov)
  • Please meet: Jerusalem IFF
  • Premiere Before Premiere (pre-release screenings)
  • The Jury

    President of the Jury

  • Emir Kusturica, Serbia (Director, Scriptwriter, Producer, Actor, Composer)
  • Jury

  • Aku Louhimies, Finland (Director, Scriptwriter, Producer)
  • Erika Gregor, Germany (Film Historian, Expert)
  • Gilli Mendel, Israel (Director of Film and Media Education at the Jerusalem Film Center)
  • Elena Yatsura, Russia (Producer)
  • Awards

    Best film
    Kolka Cool, dir. Juris Poškus, Latvia
    Best director
    Alexei Balabanov, I Also Want It, Russia
    Best actor
    Merab Ninidze, Invasion, dir. Dito Tsintsadze, Germany
    Jury’s special mention
    Burghart Klaussner, Invasion, dir. Dito Tsintsadze, Germany
    Best Actress
    Emilie Dequenne, Our Children, dir. Joachim Lafosse, Belgium
    Jury’s special mention
    Iveta Pole, Kolka Cool, dir. Juris Poškus, Latvia
    Audience Prize
    Road North, dir. Mika Kaurismäki, Finland

    References

    Saint Petersburg International Film Festival Wikipedia


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